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13 VERSES OF JULY (a Poetic Memior for Wole Soyinka)

For Sir Wole Soyinka on his birthday: I.) Tell us who he is not For who he is- we already know: Of plays and letters The poet, the laureate; Chief Baroka, the cunning old Lion Ake and the Black Orpheus. II.) Tell not of confinements nor trials Of brother Jero: Lagos ’67 or Kaduna ’79 … Continue reading 13 VERSES OF JULY (a Poetic Memior for Wole Soyinka)

No, She Said

      Legs freeze jelly-numb, breath watered to flakes From a distant shore, he longs, Glued to a doubter’s dream, the image Sought to crush his heart, to flash The sore of his love back in icy waves; Words sleek beyond players ranting, Beyond passion imaginable… But no, she said   Three comb teeth … Continue reading No, She Said

Achebe Is Not Dead

Achebe Is Not Dead

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” –          William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar How can a word … Continue reading Achebe Is Not Dead

Memoirs as Tools for National Mobilization: A review of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country:A personal history of Biafra and Wole Soyinka’s Ibadan: The Penkelemes years

There was a Country: A personal history of Biafra (2012) and IBADAN: The Penkelemes years (1994) stands out as not just a collection of realistic experiences, but a socio-political commentary that captures the bygone events in Nigeria with its attendant relevance to contemporary society. It is a sad a reminder of the historical actualities as … Continue reading Memoirs as Tools for National Mobilization: A review of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country:A personal history of Biafra and Wole Soyinka’s Ibadan: The Penkelemes years

‘Tis the Season of Nostalgia

‘Tis the Season of Nostalgia

The yuletide season always brings me childhood nostalgia. It’s almost as though Christmas is for children, the food, the new clothes…oh the new clothes. I was heartbroken when I got from school (university) one year and I was told ‘no Christmas cloth for you’. Forget what you heard this life is just one big crusty … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season of Nostalgia

Abiku, A Cackle For Your Cries

Abiku, A Cackle For Your Cries

Written, with much respect and recognition of their inspiration,  in response to Soyinka and Clark’s poems, … hopefully, it’d be the third member of the trilogy of “Abiku” I. Again You have come, Visitor That never overstays. I laugh at your cries; An echo of the first time You rented My now weary womb. Do you see … Continue reading Abiku, A Cackle For Your Cries

Say Tokyo Kid.

Character: ‘Say-Tokyo-Kid’ Book: ‘The Road’ Author: Wole Soyinka. ‘The Road’ is a complex drama. It could be said to be a series of interactions between various characters at a motor park/drivers’ community over the course of a single day. But it is also a discussion of Death. The road itself becomes a symbol of both … Continue reading Say Tokyo Kid.